Susan L. French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program

Susan French Koran 2009-2010The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is pleased to announce the Susan L. French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program. The scholarship was originally established by GLJ Benefit Consultants in memory of former ALA President Susan L. French. Susan’s commitment to professionalism, dedication to the advancement of law firm administration, development of future leaders and record of long-term service to the Association of Legal Administrators, is truly the foundation of this program.

In 2019, the fellowship program was developed to assist up to two ALA members annually who have a strong desire to enhance their personal and professional leadership skills. The first year of this two-year fellowship program provides a registration and travel stipend to ALA’s Chapter Leadership Institute, a personalized series of leadership-focused coaching sessions with Judy Hissong, CLM, a distinguished leadership consultant, as well as other leadership mentoring and course curriculum. Program participants will have an assigned mentor for the first year and will be expected to assume a mentorship role to a future fellowship recipient in the second year of their fellowship.

These opportunities include an expectation of full engagement and participation by the fellowship recipient. After completion of the first year, fellows will have a formal check-in with Foundation Trustees to assess how they are developing in their leadership roles and with their mentors. If the first year program requirements are met, a complimentary registration and travel stipend to ALA’s Annual Conference & Expo may be extended to recipients. In addition, the second year will help fellows continue their leadership path with the opportunity to participate in an additional interactive, leadership-based program.

Program Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must:

  • Be an ALA member in good standing.
  • Demonstrate emerging leadership qualities as outlined here.
  • Include two references, each with a letter of recommendation, one of which must be from a chapter or association-level ALA leader.
  • Be willing to be interviewed by Foundation Trustees, at the Foundation's request.
  • Be able to commit to the two-year program, including projects as assigned by the leadership consultants and mentors, as well as mentor a future fellowship recipient the year after their fellowship.
  • Be able to attend the Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI) and Annual Conference & Expo, including participation in the Brezina Memorial session at Annual Conference.
Hear about the journey from the 2019 Fellowship recipients, Jess Beyer, CLM and Emily Spehar.
The 2021 application period has closed. There will be another opportunity in 2022.